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Celine Dion opens up about husband’s death

Celine Dion believes her husband came and got her brother, who died only two days after him, because he was “too weak to fly on his own”.

The Canadian pop star, who was raised Roman Catholic, opened up about the deaths of her husband Rene Angélil, a Melkite Catholic, and her brother, Daniel Dion, during an interview with ABC News.

Ms Dion told the news channel that even though Mr Angélil’s death was expected, “you’re never ready for something like this to happen”. Two days after his death, her brother, Daniel Dion, died on Mr Angélil’s birthday.

The singer said she believes her husband came and got her brother, because he was “too weak to fly on his own”.

Mr Angélil was first diagnosed with throat cancer in in 1998 and, although he made a full recovery, the illness returned and he died on 14th January. Ms Dion suffered a further tragedy only two days later when her brother, Daniel, also died of cancer.

As reported in The Universe at the time, Ms Dion revealed her spirituality had helped her to be strong for her husband during his battle.

“Life is not always perfect. You have to deal with it. Whatever life imposes – sickness, or whatever, you don’t have a choice. This is life, this is nature,” she told Taste of Life magazine during her husbands battle with throat cancer.

“But you do have the choice on how you’re going to go through this. And if you don’t have spirituality you’re going to fall apart before things happen. I am very spiritual. I believe in myself, I believe in my family, and I’m positive. Through this, you show your children how to deal with things, and how to be strong.”

Picture: Celine Dion and her husband Rene Angélil are spotted leaving their hotel with their sons Rene and twins Eddy and Nelson at the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris, France on 30th November 2012. (ABACA/PA).